San Jose State will look to stop a nine-game slide against Fresno State on Tuesday, March 5 at Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif. Then the Spartans take on the cross-town rival Santa Clara Broncos in a three-game series starting Friday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Municipal Stadium. Game two will be held at Schott Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and shifts back to Municipal Stadium for the series finale on Sunday. Both games over the weekend start at 1:00 p.m.
AT FRESNO STATE (3-7)
TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 6:35 P.M.
VS. SANTA CLARA (6-6)
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 6:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 1:00 P.M
SAN JOSE, CALIF.
AT SANTA CLARA (6-6)
SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1:00 P.M.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.
90.5 FM KSJS and The GoldZone on www.sjsuspartans.com is the radio broadcast home for San Jose State baseball. The GoldZone will have Tuesday night's game against Fresno State with Justin Allegri on the call. The weekend series with Santa Clara will be on KSJS 90.5 FM with Erik Oas, Lewis Geist, Jordan Serpa, Jon Wold and Jess Knaster in the rotation of broadcasters.
Live stats are available, free of charge, for all San Jose State home games and a majority of road contests. Click on the Live Stats icon at the top of the San Jose State Athletics web page at www.sjsuspartans.com and select the game. Fans can also access live stats through the Schedule/Results section of the baseball page, or at www.sjsu.statbroadcast.com.
This Sunday's game at home versus Santa Clara will be the first "Sunday Funday" of the season. Fans coming out to Municipal Stadium for the 1:00 p.m. start can look forward to: baseball Bingo, postgame autographs and field run, plus in-game promotions sponsored by Poorhouse Bistro.
The promotions department is now taking signups for little league and pony league teams to take the field with the Spartans during the anthem, and also for friends and family to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. To sign up, contact the promotions department at (408) 924-1478. Finally, don't forget, little leaguers who show up in their baseball uniforms get into the game for just $1!
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State will be trying to stop a nine-game losing streak on Tuesday at Fresno State. The Spartans dropped two one-run games last week against the University of San Francisco (2-1, 2/26) and UC Santa Barbara in 10 innings (2-1, 3/3). The extra-inning loss to UCSB completed a three game sweep of San Jose State. Senior designated hitter Tim Quiery is off to a hot start this season leading the team in hits (15), batting average (.395), RBI (7) and stolen bases (5). Reliever Kyle Hassna leads the team with a 1.64 ERA with a minimum of 10 innings. Sunday starter D.J. Slaton is carrying a 2.84 ERA in 19.0 innings this season.
SCOUTING FRESNO STATE
Fresno State has a 3-7 record heading into Tuesday night's game, and is 3-3 at Beiden Field. The Bulldogs took two of three from Southern California at home last weekend (3/1-3). Aaron Judge leads the team in hits (17), batting average (.386) and RBI (11). The Fresno State team ERA is 4.66. San Jose State is 74-153 all-time against Fresno State. In the last ten seasons, San Jose State is 18-33 against the Bulldogs and 8-16 at Beiden Field. In 2012 the Spartans went on the road and completed their first three-game sweep of the Bulldogs since 2002.
SCOUTING SANTA CLARA
The Broncos are currently 6-6 this season with all 12 games played at Schott Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. As a team they average nine runs per game and starting position players: Greg Harisis, Quinton Perry and Casey Munoz are all hitting over .400. Most recently, Santa Clara took two out of three games versus Northern Colorado on March 1-3. The Spartans are 66-96 all-time against Santa Clara. In the last ten seasons the Spartans are 15-16 against the Broncos with a 12-4 record at Municipal Stadium and 2-12 at Santa Clara.
San Jose State plays 11 of the first 16 games on the road in 2013. The team has 12 out-of-state games this season, the most since the 2007 Spartans. San Jose State welcomes Santa Clara for two games this weekend, and then faces Nicholls State for the first time ever in a four-game series at Municipal Stadium. Western Athletic Conference competition begins March 22 with a three-game set at home versus Dallas Baptist.
Sophomore Kalei Contrades pitched 1.2 innings of relief on Sunday (3/3) at UC Santa Barbara in his first appearance since leaving the first game of the season with a leg injury. Contrades played in 30 games as an outfielder/designated hitter in 2012 and got the opening-day start at third base this season.
Dane Lund, Jon Nelson and Sheldon Daquioag have all seen playing time behind the plate this season. Daquioag stepped up and hit an RBI-double in his first career plate appearance at #10-Arizona and is 4-10 (.400) on the season. Nelson is 6-24 (.250) and Lund is 3-14 (.214).
Senior Outfielder Nick Schulz was named a Preseason Second-Team All-Western Athletic Conference choice by collegesportsmadness.com. In 2012 Schulz played in 45 games, making 40 starts in the outfield and two as a designated hitter. The Mountain View, Calif., native led the team with four homeruns, 21 RBIs, 24 walks and a .436 slugging percentage.
LOCAL RIVALS BECOME TEAMMATES
The 2013 Spartans have six San Jose, Calif., natives from five different and very competitive high schools: Sheldon Daquioag (Silver Creek HS), Will Hein (Pioneer HS), Johnny Melero (Archbishop Mitty HS), Jon Nelson (Saint Francis HS), Mitch Ravizza (Willow Glen HS), Mike Simonini(Pioneer HS).
NEW COACHING STAFF
Dave Nakama comes to San Jose State as the new head coach after spending the last three seasons as the associate head coach at the University of Washington. The 1984 graduate of Willamette University has 13 years of coaching experience in the Pac-12 Conference. In 10 seasons as an assistant at Stanford, the Cardinal won four Pac-10 Championships, five NCAA Regional crowns and appeared in the College World Series four times (1997, 2002, 2003 and 2008).
Nakama brings in assistants Brad Sanfilippo (UC Davis, 1998) and Nicholas Enriquez (Menlo College, 2001). Also on the staff are volunteer assistant Jeff Austin (Stanford, 1998) and undergraduate student-assistants Matt Durkin (San Jose State, 2004) and Adam Shorsher (San Jose State, 2002).
Dallas Baptist, UTSA, UT Arlington, Texas State, Seattle University and CSU Bakersfield are all new members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for the 2013 season. Dallas Baptist, winner of two games at the 2012 Waco Regional, comes in as the favorite in the WAC Coaches' Poll receiving eight first place votes. UT Arlington also appeared in the Waco Regional last season. They were 0-2 including a loss to Dallas Baptist, 10-0.